The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 26, 2013

Montour County jail inmates refuse to return to cells after breakfast

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

DANVILLE — DANVILLE — Area police and sheriff’s deputies converged on the Montour County Jail after seven to 10 inmates refused to return to their cells Tuesday.

One injury resulted when a prisoner was bit by a dog from a sheriff’s office, said Montour County Chief Detective and Sheriff Ray Gerringer.

The incident began between 7:30 and 8 a.m. when the male inmates were out of their cells for breakfast in the first floor cellblock.

Gerringer’s office was called and he summoned help from police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

“There was no property damage. They were being noncompliant,” Gerringer said of the inmates.

The inmate was bit because “he was not following instructions,” said Gerringer, who wouldn’t name the prisoner. He also didn’t say which sheriff’s office dog bit him.

Two dogs from the Union County office and one dog from Gerringer’s office were brought to the jail at Church and Market streets.

Eventually, the inmates agreed to return to their cells at about 10:45 a.m. “Everybody behaved and went back to their cells,” he said.

As for criminal charges, Gerringer said he will discuss that with Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren after he completes his investigation. Handling the internal investigation at the prison is Lt. Scott Davis.

Reached Tuesday, Warden Jerry Cutchall termed the incident minor. He couldn’t discuss it until all reports are compiled. “I can’t give out any information until all reports and all information and data are collected,” he said.

Four deputy sheriffs from Gerringer’s office responded.

Gerringer said he applauded the assistance provided by two Mahoning Township police officers, three Danville police officers and three deputies from the Union County sheriff’s office.